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Weather and Climate: a Teachers’ Guide

weather and climate teachers guideIn this teachers’ guide and the accompanying online teaching resources, we aim to give UK geography teachers all that they need to deliver relevant, engaging and thorough weather and climate lessons to 11–14+ year old students. They are not linked to any specific curriculum but should be easily adaptable to all.

The book is accompanied by high quality online background information/professional development resources for teachers.

 

 

 

The Royal Meteorological Society believes that:

  • all students should leave school with basic weather literacy that allows them to understand the weather that affects them, their leisure activities and the careers they choose to follow
  • every student should leave school with basic climate literacy that would enable them to engage with the messages put forward by the media or politicians and to make informed decisions about their own opportunities and responsibilities.

To this end, we have embedded a climate change thread throughout the online resources, showing its relevance to both weather and climate. An understanding of weather and climate is fundamental to an understanding of climate change.

There is a progression of knowledge through the topics, supported by review and assessment activities. The resources also progressively develop key geographical skills such as data, mapwork, GIS, fieldwork and critical thinking.

In this guide, we include common misconceptions which should be challenged in the classroom.

There are 20 topics or chapters. Across these, there are three threads or paths which can be taken through the online resources, depending on the teaching time available:

Basic weather: Weather in our lives, weather measurements, weather and climate, global atmospheric circulation, global climate zones, air masses, pressure and wind and water in the atmosphere

Climate: Weather and climate, global atmospheric circulation, global climate zones, past climate change, polar climate, hot deserts, changing global climate, UK climate, changing UK climate, the climate crisis

Extending weather: Anticyclones, depressions, microclimates, urban weather, tropical cyclones.

Many of the online teaching resources are available with standard or easier versions, as well as extension or alternative activities.

Find the scheme of work, teaching resources, background information for teachers, as well as the Teachers’ Guide (copies of which may be printed on request), here

All the online resources will be updated and revised regularly.

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Geography Secondary Weather

The Weather of 2020

Last week, Sylvia Knight from the Royal Meteorological Society gave a talk for Geography education online on the Weather of 2020.
This year it felt like we had summer weather in Spring and Autumn weather in Summer. In this session, we examine the global processes that determine the weather in the UK, as well as the impact of COVID-19 on weather and climate around the world.
The talk is aimed at A Level students, but would also be useful CPD for geography teachers or for younger students who have already covered a weather topic.

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Geography Rain Secondary

A Level Data Skills: Deforestation and Weather

In a paper that came out in the journal Nature Communications, Self-amplified Amazon forest loss due to vegetation-atmosphere feedbacks, scientists revealed that deforestation can intensify droughts, compounding climate change linked changes in rainfall patterns.

Using data collected by scientists in the School of Earth and the Environment at the University of Leeds, we have created a data skills exercise for A Level geography which allows students to explore leaf area, evapotranspiration and temperature data using various statistical techniques to explore the relationship between deforestation and weather.

With clear links to both the carbon and water cycles, you can find the resources here.

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Geography Secondary

Rainforest deforestation, the carbon and water cycles

Several recent research papers have investigated the impact of rainforest deforestation on local rainfall and temperature.

Find some teaching resources linked to the animation above here.

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Geography Secondary Teaching

Climate Negotiations wins Scottish Award

SAGT awardThe Society’s Climate Change Negotiations for Schools Resource – ‘Simulating a World Climate Conference’ – has been recognized and ‘Highly Commended’ at the SAGT Conference Awards 2018 hosted by Dollar Academy. Morven Neil, RMetS Scottish Education Representative was in attendance at the conference to receive the award and to run a number of seminars that gave conference attendees the opportunity to trial the resource. In these seminars, a number of Geography teachers from across Scotland worked together in designated country groups to decide their own greenhouse gas emission pledges, deliver these to the other assembled delegates and then negotiate. Despite some intense negotiation, they were not able to commit to emission reductions which would limit global temperature increases to within the recommended threshold, but will hopefully leave equipped to confidently deliver the resource in their own classrooms.

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Climate Change Geography Secondary

Water Cycle Film

We are delighted to have produced this short video illustrating how deforestation has an impact on the water cycle, both locally and globally. Bringing together the carbon and water cycles, it is particularly relevant to A level geography (and GCSE biology).

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Geography Secondary

KS3 Weather and Climate Scheme of Work

We have worked hard over the summer to update and improve our resources for KS3 geography, making them more relevant to the new(ish) National Curriculum.

You can find the new suggestions for a weather and climate scheme of work at metlink.org/secondary/key-stage-3/. It includes a number of engaging, interactive lesson ideas.

If you have any comments or suggestions, please contact us at education@rmets.org

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Assessment Geography Secondary

New Resources for OCR Geography GCSE B

We are delighted to have worked with the OCR to develop some resources which specifically support their Geography B GCSE.

For the moment, these can be found here but they will also be available on the OCR website shortly.

The resources focus on skills such as isoline drawing, and using Excel to explore climate graph, dispersion and heat waves.

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Climate Geography Secondary Teaching

New Short Film: Introduction to the Global Atmospheric Circulation

We have made a short film introducing the Global Atmospheric Circulation. You can find it on YouTube at https://youtu.be/fDs9MiHk3G8.

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Geography Secondary

New resource – weather systems revision investigation

Why does the weather forecast show the temperature rising at night?

Use this new resource as a plenary, revision or homework exercise after teaching air masses and weather systems.